I started teaching at the school in London where I did my CELTA (Marble Arch Intensive English) a long, long time ago. Like most of us, my aim was to travel and I soon went out to Valencia, where I taught for a couple of years. I came back to London and worked again for M.A.I.E. I did my DELTA and worked for a while as ADOS. I also started to get involved with teacher training for the first time. I missed Spain a lot though, and in 1992 I went out with my girlfriend (now my wife) to Granada, a city I had fallen in love with during an earlier visit. I worked as a DOS for a year and then took over the running of the school for a second year. Though I loved everything about Spanish life, I wouldn't say that I really enjoyed the stress of running my own school, particularly in a part of the world where competition is so fierce, and we decided to come back to Britain in 1994. London was no longer very appealing and we decided to head for Brighton, where we had both previously lived. I have now been here for twelve years and I have worked at quite a few of the schools in the area. Most of that time has been spent teacher training, both on Trinity certificate and diploma courses. I am also a moderator for Trinity, a job which involves travelling to some exciting places (as well as a few rather dull ones!).
I am currently enjoying being back in the classroom, at the chalk face so to speak. I am working for Study Group in Hove, though we will soon be moving to a very swanky site in the centre of Brighton. My little girl starts school in September and I am very much looking forward to teaching until lunch time and then spending the afternoon doing lots of healthy open air things.